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      2012 FedExCup champion: Brandt Snedeker

    Brandt Snedeker won as a frontrunner for the first time and earned his first Playoffs victory at East Lake to claim the sixth FedExCup. Snedeker won the TOUR Championshib by Coca-Cola to become the first player inside the FedExCup top 5 to claim the cup sinceTiger Woods in 2009. The Tennessee native, who was born and raised less than 250 miles northwest of Atlanta, earned two other top-10 finishes in the Playoffs to put him in position to control his own destiny in the Playoffs finale. Here's a look at Snedeker's season and how he won the FedExCup:

    Snedeker's reaction to winning the FedExCup

    On winning the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and the FedExCup: "This is what you work your whole life for. I look at all the putts I've hit and all the shots I've hit all through my life, it's just unbelievable the ability to stay calm today. It just came through. I was so calm last night, I couldn't believe it. Just, I'm very rarely speechless, but this is about as close as I get to speechless."

    On how he views himself in the golf world: "I've never had more confidence in myself than I have the last five weeks, and I made sure that I kept telling myself that all day. I am one of the best players in the world. This is supposed to happen. It's okay to feel nervous, and no matter what I feel today, everybody else in the field feels exactly the same way I do. So go out there and get it done, I did a great job of that."

    On what the prize money means to him: "There are going to be things we can do to really help people. So that's the way I look at it. This is unbelievable to be financially stable for the rest of my career. As long as I'm not an idiot, I should be fine. Really. I really think we can make a difference and help a lot of people out in Nashville and Tennessee and the surrounding areas, for sure."

    On a time he may have lost his patience: "I caught myself on 15, the par-5 after hitting the fairway. I caught myself kind of jumping forward. Thinking of what this would mean to win, and the FedExCup and all that stuff. I literally almost hit myself in the face and said 'boy, we've got a ton of golf left. We've got a bunch of hard holes left. Get back into what you're supposed to be doing.' ... And that shot on the par-5 was huge. It got me that birdie that I needed, and I hit a great shot in there for the first time this week, and got a reward for it."

    On the pressure of playing for $10 million: "I was so worried about trying to beat Justin (Rose) to win the TOUR Championship today. I was not thinking about the $10 million at all until the last hole, and I hit an awful shot. So that shows you what that does for you."

    On perspective and how his life changes: "I've got another little boy on the way here in a month. The most important thing in my life when I get home tonight will be to see my little girl in the morning and spend time with her before I go to the Ryder Cup. So my life is about to change drastically, not because of this money, but because I'm going to have two kids for the first time in my life, which is going to be absolutely crazy in a month. That is my biggest thing in my life is to make sure I'm a good father and a good dad to those kids. So that's my driving force, to make sure that I am. When I'm home, I try to be home with them."


    Season in review

    Perhaps best known, albeit unfairly, for his close misses on big stages, Brandt Snedeker made a name for himself as one of golf's great success stories in 2012. The 31-year-old displayed confidence and poise that even he doubted at East Lake to earn the biggest victory of his career and win the FedExCup. Snedeker got on the winning track in just his second start with a seven-shot come-from-behind victory at the Farmers Insurance Open that put him at No. 2 in the FedExCup race and earned him a nomination for January "Player of the Month." Snedeker advanced to the round of 16 in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship but did not have another stroke play top-10 until July. Snedeker broke out of his mid-year lull when he led after 36 holes and went on to finish third at the British Open. That got Snedeker back inside the FedExCup top 20, allowing him to enter the Playoffs at No. 19. He earned and solidified his spot inside the top 5 with runner-up and solo 6th-place finishes in The Barclays and Deutsche Bank Championship. Snedeker then earned his place in history with a stellar showing at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.

    How Snedeker got here
    Breaking down the FedExCup points won and rank after each start in 2012
    Rank Change in
    rank
    Tournament Finish Points
    earned
    Total
    points
    Points
    back
    1 4 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola 1 2500 4,100 ---
    5 -1 BMW Championship T37 162.5 3,357 3,942
    4 -2 Deutsche Bank Championship 6 500 3,194 1,605
    2 17 The Barclays 2 1500 2,694 532
    19 4 Wyndham Championship T28 42 1,194 1,075
    23 -2 PGA Championship CUT 0 1,152 1,117
    21 -4 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational T50 19 1,152 1,052
    17 1 RBC Canadian Open T34 36 1,133 999
    18 8 The Open Championship T3 180 1,097 1,035
    26 -8 The Greenbrier Classic T38 29.5 917 1,035
    18 -2 the Memorial Tournament W/D 0 888 847
    16 -6 THE PLAYERS Championship CUT 0 888 507
    10 1 RBC Heritage T17 53 888 490
    11 -1 Masters Tournament T19 50.2 835 543
    10 -1 Arnold Palmer Invitational T63 7 785 232
    9 0 Transitions Championship T29 38 778 237
    9 -2 WGC-Cadillac Championship T45 24 740 275
    7 -2 WGC-Accenture Match Play T9 68.25 716 219
    5 -1 Northern Trust Open T17 51 648 241
    4 -2 Waste Management Phoenix Open T50 19 597 249
    2 33 Farmers Insurance Open 1 500 578 205
    35 0 Humana Challenge T8 77.5 78 705
    * - points after reset
    Playoffs results
    Year Barclays Deutsche Bank BMW Champ. TOUR Champ. Final FEC Position
    2012 2nd 6th T37 1st 1st
    2011 T3 T3 T22 T16 8th
    2010 MC T5 T37 DNP 37th
    2009 T12 T32 T10 DNP 33rd
    2008 T68 T27 T55 DNP 34th
    2007 MC T47 T14 T29 20th
    Results at the TOUR Championship
    Year Finish Rd. 1 Rd. 2 Rd. 3 Rd. 4 Total To par Money won
    2012 1 68 70 64 68 270 -10 1,440,000
    2011 T16 68 69 74 69 280 E 162,400
    2007 T29 71 72 68 71 282 2 112,700
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